Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fall Home Tour 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, friends! Tomorrow, we will be hosting our parents in our new home for Thanksgiving and it is definitely a day to be Thankful for. 2016 has been a great year, following a very difficult 2015 and we are feeling very blessed this season.

If you stopped by to visit our home tomorrow, you wouldn't see a single Christmas decoration. I am a big believer in not rushing through Thanksgiving to get to Christmas. Each holiday gets its own time in our household. Come Friday, though, I'll be packing away our fall decor and pulling out the start of our Christmas decorations. 

I never got around to sharing our fall decor so I thought I would share it now. We moved into our new home back in June and with a new baby, it has been a work in progress since then. (New home before shots here.) Next year I will need to add more decorations but I think we got off to a good start this year. I took these photos in about ten minutes and they are pretty candid. Some are off center and I didn't have time to edit them amidst my Thanksgiving prep, but we like to keep things real around here anyway. 

I shared my front door already but I have just loved it this season. For the first time ever my mums made it through to Thanksgiving alive and well. The planters and lanterns are from At Home and I made my wreath several years ago. It has seen better days but I still do love it.

Our foyer is simple. Just a pretty white pumpkin, fall candle, and some fall colored flowers. I only got that foyer table and mirror in October so I really have no idea how I will style this area for every day. It has only ever seen fall.

Our dining room might be my favorite room of the house. One day I will do a full home tour once everything is finished and I have time to photograph. I love the little sparkly pumpkins and will probably try to do something incorporating acorns and faux leaves next year to add a little more depth.

In our living room, I added a few white pumpkins to our built ins and mantle and a fall throw pillow I picked up at Home Goods. Next year, I would like to add some kind of garland to the mantle. I love the white pumpkins in this room, though, because it adds that touch of fall without detracting from the color scheme I chose for this room.

I just added some fall flowers to the table in our breakfast nook. This is where we eat most of our meals so I don't do anything really fancy in here. I picked up these cork placemats from HomeGoods and I am obsessed with them. It took some getting used to because I prefer cloth but just being able to wipe them off is a game changer for every day meals.

I have this pumpkin, purchased years and years ago, on our kitchen counter with a smaller pumpkin and fall candle beside it. We have lots of counter space in our kitchen so there is one long stretch that typically has nothing on it. I think it will be fun to play with this space during the holidays. Plus, I will always need a little something to detract from that backsplash that I hate! 

This wraps up fall in our home for this year. I am excited to start decorating for Christmas over the weekend. I know I will need to hit up my favorite home decor store, too, because I will surely need a few new items once I have a chance to unpack and play with what I have. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Coffee + Conversation

Happy Monday! And happy Thanksgiving week!

We had a great weekend and I had fun celebrating my birthday with our little family. On Thursday, I went to the Panthers/Saints game with some girlfriends and had a great time. The weather was perfect and the Panthers won! 

We had a low key Friday night at home with Thai takeout then my husband cooked a birthday breakfast Saturday morning and we enjoyed homemade pumpkin pancakes, fresh fruit, and mimosas. 

Then, Corey took Madeline for a walk while I headed out for a mani-pedi. I tried the new Essie 14-day wear polish and so far I am loving it. I got the color Take me to Thread and I'll report back soon to let you all know how long it really wears. 

Saturday night we got all dressed up and headed out to dinner. I totally splurged and enjoyed steak and lobster AND a baked potato. It was delicious and always nice to have a little date night.

Then on Sunday we took a little drive to Mooresville to try Alino's, a pizza place. Y'all, it was soooo good! Corey and so are total pizza snobs from living in New York and New Jersey and we really haven't found any pizza in Charlotte that we love. We've found some we like at a couple places but Alino's has been the best we have tried since moving back South by far. I might even go as far to say it is better than many of the places we are while living in Hoboken.

It's finally been sweater weather around here so I wore this sweater that April recommended and it was so comfy. The back is open so that gives it a little something unexpected. I paired it with my favorite leggings and Frye boots

It was a great weekend and I will be detoxing until Thanksgiving after all the delicious but unhealthy foods we ate this weekend! 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Best Sour Cream and Coconut Cake

I made this cake last week for Madeline's baptism lunch and it is a favorite in our household. It is a super easy recipe that I adapted from a coworker who made it for my birthday years ago. It needs to be made 24 hours ahead of time and is always a crowd-pleaser so it is perfect for entertaining.

  • Boxed white cake and ingredients to prepare it as instructed
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 8 oz cool whip
  • 2 6-oz bags of frozen coconut
The best thing about this recipe is it just starts with a box of white cake mix. Bake in two 8 inch round pans following the directions as stated on the box. Remove the cake from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack. While it is cooling, make the filling and icing.

For the sour cream filling, you will need a 16 ounce container of sour cream, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, and a 6 oz bag of frozen coconut. Simply mix these ingredients together and stir until the sugar dissolves.

Next, take about a cup of the filling and mix with an 8 oz container of cool whip to make your icing. Add extra coconut to taste but make sure you save some to top your cake.

Once your cake has cooled, cut each cake in half so that you have four layers total. I use toothpicks to give myself a guide so that my layers are straight...or straight-ish. Find on top layer and place it round side down. Then, add the sour cream filling. Be generous. There is plenty! Add your next layer, repeat with more filling, and so on.

Its ok if it looks messy but you really want to get that filling in there because it will soak into the cake overnight and make it taste moist and delicious. Then, use a spatula to frost the cake with your cool whip frosting. Sprinkle extra coconut on top to give it a pretty look then refrigerate. Its best to let it stay covered in the refrigerator for 24 hours but I have made it in a pinch with just 12 hours to spare and it was still amazing.